It’s the people, of course, that most make a place interesting or beautiful or feel like home. But if I try to capture even the highlights of spending time with the people we’re getting to know here, this post will never get written. So instead, now that we’ve celebrated just over a year of living in Newfoundland Labrador, I’m going to share some of our hiking experiences since we’ve arrived.
One of our reasons (besides opportunities to serve) for moving here is our desire to live in a beautiful place and spend a lot of time outdoors. We have not been disappointed, and the people are wonderful too.
Since we arrived August 1, 2020, our first outdoor experiences were like this one, captured on my Garmin:
That’s right–quarantine, for fourteen days, and sticking to the rectory yard. But that gave us time to order this book, which is a super guide to hiking in Newfoundland:
When quarantine was over, we headed first to St David’s Church building (next door) so we could see what the church looked like on the inside. Then we drove to Gros Morne Park and hiked the Lookout Trail, that starts behind the Park’s Discovery Centre. The views were beautiful.
We knew we had reached the top when we came to the viewing platform and the park’s iconic pair of pink chairs.
Another great hike we did early on was Bottle Cove and Southhead Lighthouse Trails.
We also hiked the beautiful Green Gardens Trail in Gros Morne National Park, where we enjoyed the beautiful views of the water
and discovering, to our delight, that a flock of sheep get to spend the summer enjoying such a beautiful National Park.
A couple of September highlights were the trail system in Corner Brook
and the Trout River Pond Trail in Gros Morne
In October we enjoyed hiking the Lomond River Trail in Gros Morne
and getting to see the leaf colors change in our neighborhood.
We took our first trip to Western Brook Pond on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Day. Spectacular!
We also went to King’s Point and enjoyed the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail and our first snowfall in NL.
The trail is well marked, including with these informative guides:
The view from the highest point:
A little more snow, but everyone says this was the mildest winter they can remember.
We really enjoyed the Cow Head Lighthouse Trail.
We were very excited to see this herd of caribou in Cormack on our drive back from Sir Richard Squires Memorial Provincial Park.
A couple of December hiking highlights were the Coastal Trail in Gros Morne
We really enjoyed the Tablelands Walk Trail on a bright, crisp day at the end of the month.
In January, we hiked part of the Great Trail near Howley and saw where moose were introduced to Newfoundland in 1904.
We loved exploring the snowshoe trails of the Pasadena Cross Country Ski and Nature Park! (We received park passes as a Christmas gift from the parish–so thoughtful!)
We also enjoyed snowshoeing at Gros Morne.
March took us to Western Brook Pond again.
In April the snow was gone. We went back to Trout River Pond and hiked the Old Man in the Mountain Trail, part of the International Appalachian Trail not far from Pasadena.
A couple of highlights from May were Harry’s Harbour Trail (Trail with a View) near King’s Point and our parish hike to Baker’s Brook Falls in Gros Morne.
In June we took our annual study break and went to the Northern Peninsula. We stayed near L’Anse aux Meadows and saw the National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is an archaeological site of a Norse settlement dating to about 1000 CE. When it was time to set our books aside, we went for beautiful hikes in the area. We found out that the northern terminus of the International Appalachian Trail was within walking distance of our cabin.
Two highlights from July: Wednesday Walks with St David’s and our trip to Labrador. A lovely group of parishioners walks together on Wednesday evenings. It’s been a great way to get to visit, outside with space to physical distance, beautiful scenery, and some spiritual refreshment too.
Our first year in Newfoundland Labrador ended with a trip to Labrador. We were so excited to get to take the ferry from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon and walk on the Labrador Pioneer Footpath. We covered most of the trail from L’Anse au Clair to Pinware. I’ll share pictures of those hikes in another post. Here’s one from the hike from Forteau to L’Anse au Clair.
We are so grateful to live in such a beautiful place. We made a commitment to get out one day a week and explore and enjoy, no matter the weather. Thankfully, the weather has been really quite nice in every season. We’re looking forward to seeing more of this province.
This post hasn’t focused on the people we’ve met, but we’re so grateful to them too. Thanks to the people of St David’s Anglican Church in Pasadena and St George’s Anglican Church in Cormack, to the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Newfoundland, the Rt. Rev. John Organ, and the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, for the opportunity to serve here.